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African Political Economy


The LSE African Political Economy Group exists to provide research-focused interaction around issues of African politics, and to encourage engagement between LSE and top international scholars in African politics.

Research Pillar(s): Comparative Politics and Area Studies

About: The African Political Economy Group exists to provide research-focused interaction around issues of African politics, and to encourage engagement between LSE and top international scholars in African politics.

Members: Dr Sarah Brierley, Dr Ryan Jablonski, Dr Omar McDoom, Dr George Ofosu, Dr Joachim Wehner

African Political Economy Seminar Series:

Our regular seminars are a forum for members to present working papers, and for a discussion of new research in the field. These seminars are open to all faculty, fellows, and PhD students working on issues of African politics, or related development or political economy issues. The group also jointly hosts a yearly Working Group on African Political Economy, which is an all-day conference for the discussion of ongoing research in African politics and political economy by UK and EU scholars.

Seminar Convener(s): Dr Sarah Brierley and Dr George Ofosu

Seminars of the African Political Economy Group will be held on Tuesdays in CBG 4.17 for members of the LSE community and also available online via zoom. Members will receive access details in advance of meetings.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact gov.comms@lse.ac.uk

Upcoming Seminars

Michaelmas Term

Tuesday 12 October 2021, 12.30 to 2.00pm
Joachim Wehner: (Dis)Enfranchisement in South Africa (with Daniel de Kadt)

Ryan Jablonski: Gaps in politician knowledge explain inequalities in public spending: Results from an experiment with elected politicians in Malawi

Tuesday 26 October 2021,  12.30 to 2.00pm
Isaac Haruna:Governing Africa's Artisanal and Small-scale Miners: The role of the Ghanain and Tanzanian States 

Tuesday 9 November 2021, 3.00 to 4.30pm (online only)
Anne Meng: Power Sharing and Authoritarian Stability: Evidence from Rebel Regimes 

Tuesday 30 November 2021, 12.30 to 2.00pm
Peace Medie: Conflict and the Status of Women Chiefs in Liberia

Lent Term

Tuesday 1 February 2022, 12.30 to 2.00pm
Elliott Green (LSE): Explaining Ethno-Regional Favouritism in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tuesday 1 March 2022, 12.30 to 2.00pm | Postponed to MT 2022
Stephanie Wanga (LSE) 

Tuesday 15 March 2022, 12.30 to 2.00pm
Melina Platas (NYU Abu Dhabi): Culture and the Persistence of Inequality

Tuesday 29 March 2022, 12.30 to 2.00pm | Postponed to MT 2022
Alexandra Hartman (UCL)

Summer Term

Tuesday 24 May 2022, 12.30 to 2.00pm
Michael Wahman (Michigan State University): Controlling Territory, Controlling Voters: The Electoral Geography of African Campaign Violence

Monday 6 June, 12.30 to 2.00pm
Nic Cheeseman (Birmingham) and Gabrielle Lynch (Warwick): The Moral Economy of Elections in Africa